As some of you may remember, I'm quite a fan of Pageflakes, to the extent that I use it constantly and if pushed would say that it's my #1 2.0 resource. A month or so ago they produced the Blizzard Release. Rather than just jump right in when it came out I thought I'd wait awhile before commenting. It actually settled down very quickly, probably due to the extensive beta testing that went on in the background and which I was part of.
If you haven't tried Pageflakes in the last few months I'd suggest taking another look; I think you'll be impressed. There are a number of new things to look at:
- You can personalise your page with one button
- It's easier to publish and share pages with other people
- You can use different themes to personalise the look and feel of every page.
- Add your own personal profile
- Find and add people to your favourites
- Use any of over 240,000 widgets and look at over 100,000 pagecasts (shared pages)
- The Anything Flake allows you to embed anything you want onto a page, providing you've got some HTML to use
- There's a newly improved multimedia RSS tool.
The pages are cleaner with less intrusive controls, although I find the small icon to open a flake properly (half diamond bottom middle of a flake) rather irritating, and to open/close a flake as a result requires more mouse movement than is really necessary. You can send flakes to friends, copy a flakes HTML code, cut and paste it onto your blog or website.
It's still by far and away the best of the start pages that I've looked at, and if you haven't tried one yet, I'd strongly recommend playing around with it.